Workforce Roundup: June 2 – 8, 2014

Welcome to the Workforce Roundup! Below are workforce news, resources and updates from the last week.

A few quick highlights for this week:

1) Join SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, and our partners for our 2014 Gubernatorial Forum: Building Massachusetts’ Skills to Compete! RSVP today to join us at Roxbury Community College on July 16 to hear what the Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates have to say about jobs and workforce development!

2) On April 23, 2014, the US departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor released an Request for Information (RFI) on Adoption of Career Pathways Approaches for the Delivery of Education, Training, Employment, and Human Services. Respond by June 9, 2014 to help shape workforce policy!

3) ACTION ALERT: To ensure that job training partnerships are available for every sector in need of skilled workers, please ask your state Representatives to call Speaker DeLeo and Chairman Brian Dempsey of the Ways and Means Committee to include funds for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund (WCTF) in the Economic Development BillPlease be sure to also call the following advocates directly to ensure that the funds for the WCTF are included in this bill:

  • Speaker Robert DeLeo 617-722-2500
  • Chairman Brian Dempsey 617-722-2990

There’s lots more below! Please add anything we missed by submitting a comment.

Workforce in the News

Research and Reports

Tools and Resources

Funding Opportunities

  • Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is now accepting grant proposals for their Small Business Assistance Grant Program.
  • Common Impact is now accepting applications for capacity building projects which will begin in early 2014. Common Impact hopes to make a decision within the next few weeks and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
    • Click here to learn more about how to apply, and to access the application.
  • Commonwealth Corporation has announced the Workforce Training Fund Program Regional Training Capacity Pilot RFP.
    • Questions about the Request for Proposals will be accepted in writing from May 1, 2014 through June 9, 2014 via email to: Theresa Rowland, at
  • Department of Labor (DOL) has announced $53 million in funding available through the Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF). Applications are due by June 18, 2014, and grants will be awarded in September 2014. More information can be found on the National Skills Coalition website.



Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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